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Hitachi puts more EV drive tech in wheels to extend range

Compact mechanism crams 3 parts into lightweight, energy-saving package

Hitachi aims to make the in-wheel system a viable propulsion option for electric vehicles   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Electric vehicles could eventually travel around 20% further with new Hitachi technology installed in their wheels.

No timeline for mass production has been announced. But the Japanese company aims to develop the system, announced Thursday, into a viable propulsion option for electrics.

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